King George Street bombing
|King George Street bombing|
|Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign|
|Location||King George Street, Jerusalem|
|Date||March 21, 2002
4:25 pm (GMT+2)
|Deaths||3 (+ 1 suicide bomber)|
|At least 42 people (seven of them seriously)|
|Perpetrators||al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility|
The King George Street bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred on March 21, 2002 outside a clothing store and toy shop on King George Street in Jerusalem. Three Israeli civilians were killed in the attack.
The Palestinian militant organization al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Thursday afternoon, 21 March 2002, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated the explosive device, hidden underneath his jacket, in the middle of Jerusalem's shopping district in the King George Street in downtown Jerusalem amongst a crowd of shoppers.
The blast killed three civilians and more than 40 people were wounded, seven of them seriously.
- Yitzhak Cohen, 48, of Modi'in
- Tsipi Shemesh, 29 (5 months pregnant with twins)
- Gadi Shemesh, 34
After the attack the Palestinian militia al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombing and stated that the perpetrator was Mohammad Hashaika, a 22-year-old from the West Bank village of Talluza near Nablus. Hashaika was a member of the Tanzim and a former Palestinian policeman. Later on, it was revealed that Hashaika was actually arrested for allegedly planning to carry out an earlier attack. Nevertheless, the Palestinian authority released him a week before he managed to carry out this suicide bombing.
- Bomb rips through Jerusalem shopping centre | World news | guardian.co.uk
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
- Bomb rips through Jerusalem shopping centre - published on The Guardian on 21 March 2002
- Jerusalem Blast Kills 3, Hurts 100 - published on The Daily News of New York City on 22 March 2002